Smoked Country Ribs
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 6 hours
Serves: 5 to 8
Country style ribs can be a nice diversion from the ordinary barbecued ribs recipe. Country style ribs tend to be much more fatty than spare ribs, but they are also tough like baby back ribs or spare ribs. Okay, so how do we get rid of the fatty layers and at the same time make our smoked country ribs nice and tender? Well here is an easy recipe that allows the fat to be slow cooked off and still achieves a nice tender smoky flavor using a two step cooking process: the first is to get the meat smoky and the second is to tenderize it. Enjoy and smile.
Country Style Smoked Ribs
2 packages of country style ribs, fresh. Usually each pack will weigh about two to three pounds.
1 bottle bbq sauce (about 1.5 cups) or try our barbecue sauce.
Charcoal or wood chunks
Disposable metal pan or foil
Gas Grill with a top level grate
Rinse country ribs in cold water. Do not trim fat from ribs.
Brush or spray country ribs with olive oil and sprinkle rib rub on if preferred.
Preheat gas grill to medium low.
Place charcoal or wood chunks on one side of grill, directly onto hot grates. Make a tent over the wood or charcoal with foil or upside down metal pan. Does not have to be perfectly covered.
Place smoker ribs on upper shelf on opposite side of grill. Turn burner under ribs off at this point.
Close grill lid and let smoke for about 2 hours, adding wood or charcoal as necessary.
Bring ribs indoors and put into slow cooker. If you do not have a slow cooker, then you can use a stove top covered pan or use your oven. Place the country ribs into pan or slow cooker and add the barbecue sauce. Make sure that the temperature is set on medium low, about 250 degrees. Slow cook for 4 hours.
Serve with barbecue baked beans and Texas toast.